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      James Banks
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Indianapolis, Ind.

High School:
Ben Davis

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 220

Position:
QB/WR

Experience:
2L

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Full name: James Richard Banks II ... One of Tennessee's most talented footballers who was involved in several
highlight-reel plays during 2003 ... Led Vols in receiving with 42 catches and 621 yards ... Made "Hail Mary" TD catch to end first half at Florida and change momentum to Vols' favor ... In five-overtime thriller at Alabama, had seven catches for 103 yards and two TD receptions ... Also scored on 25-yard quarterback draw against Crimson Tide and caught key two-point conversion in final extra period ... His 20 points vs. Alabama were most by Vol since Jamal Lewis had 24 against Kentucky in 1997 ... Only Vols receiver with catch in every 2003 game ... Spent 2002 season at quarterback, making first career start in 35-17 win at Mississippi State ... Coach Washington's evaluation: "There's no doubt from an ability standpoint, James can definitely help this football team. He just needs to keep improving." ... Born: Aug. 14, 1983.

CAREER
- Games/Started: 21/5 ...

2003
- Games/ Started 13/4 ... ... Enjoyed a breakout year after making the transition from quarterback to wide receiver ... Ranked first on the team with 39 receptions during the regular season ... His 584 receiving yards also led the squad, and he ranked third on the team with 647 all-purpose yards ... Only Vols receiver with a catch in every game and tied for team lead with six receiving TDs ... Had little trouble adjusting to the wideout position, catching 30 passes for 412 yards and six touchdowns in the first seven games of the season ... Caught seven passes for 80 yards and one touchdown in the win over Fresno State ... Hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against Marshall ... Made national highlight reels with his Hail Mary touchdown catch on the final play of the first half at Florida ... Caught the game-winning touchdown one week later in overtime against South Carolina ... Had five catches for 75 yards vs. Auburn ... Returned two punts against No. 8 Georgia ... Played the role of Mr. Clutch in the Vols' win at Alabama ... Had the first 100+ yard receiving game of the season for any Vol wideout when he caught seven passes for 103 yards against the Tide ... His one rush attempt against Alabama (which was his first snap of the season as a quarterback) went for a 25-yard touchdown, and he also added two receiving touchdowns in overtime and a crucial leaping two-point conversion catch in the fifth and final overtime as he finished the day with 20 points scored ... That point total was the most for a Vol since Jamal Lewis scored 24 vs. Kentucky in 1997 ... Had two catches for 63 yards in the win over Mississippi State ... Closed out the regular season with a two-catch, 28-yard outing vs. Kentucky.

2002 - Games/Started 8/1 ... Saw action in final eight regular season games playing both wide receiver and quarterback ... Most extensive action at quarterback came versus Georgia and Mississippi State ... Connected on 10-of-15 passes for 168 yards against Georgia with one touchdown ... Earned first career start versus Mississippi State and led the Vols to a 35-14 win ... Completed only three passes versus Mississippi State but one was good for 56 yards and another was 29-yard touchdown pass ...

HIGH SCHOOL - Garnered first team All-America honors from Parade, Tom Lemming, Student Sports, SuperPrep, PrepStar, Max Emfinger, Borderwars.com and Street & Smith ... Named Indiana's Mr. Football and Defensive Player of Year as senior ... Member of East team for U.S. Army All-America Bowl ... Part of The Dallas Morning News' Top 100 and The Sporting News' Hot 101 ... Twice selected to Indianapolis Star Super Team, once as MVP ... Named Class 5A All-State his junior and senior seasons ... Had 42-2 record as starter and led Ben Davis to Class 5A state titles as junior and senior ... Passed for 3,215 yards and 39 TDs and rushed for 1,665 yards and 23 TDs his last two years ... Responsible for 94 career high school TDs ... Played basketball and ran track at Ben Davis, earning All-State in each sport ... Personal bests in track were 10.6 for the 100M, 22.3 for 200M and 49.5 for 400M ... Coach at Ben Davis HS: Dick Dullaghan ... Full Name: James Richard Banks II ... Born: Aug. 14, 1983.

PASSING STATISTICS
Class/Year
CMP
ATT
PCT.
INT
YDS
TD
LONG
Fr. 2002
17
31
54.8
0
277
2
56-MSU
So. 2003
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
--
TOTALS
17
31
54.8
0
277
2
56-MSU
RUSHING STATISTICS
Class/Year
NO
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr. 2002
40
63
1.6
0
22-UG
So. 2003
2
15
7.5
0
25-UA
TOTALS
42
78
1.9
0
25-UA
RECEIVING STATISTICS
Class/Year
NO
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr. 2002
0
0
0.0
-
-
So. 2003
42
621
14.8
6
50-MSU
TOTALS
42
621
14.8
6
50-MSU
PUNT RETURN STATISTICS
Class/Year
NO
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr. 2002
0
0
0.0
-
-
So. 2003
6
38
6.3
0
9-UA
TOTALS
6
38
6.3
0
9-UA
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